Board Games from the Fifties and Sixties





Uranium Rush, 1955
Make your fortune out of the atomic age!




Battleship, 1964
Note the "active/passive" placement of gender roles. Dad's got the phallic symbol, son is learning how, mom and daughter are marginalized in the kitchen, "washing up".




Mystery Date, 1965
Click here to play the Mystery Date commercial. Note the reinforcement of conventional stereotypes--the "dream" is upwardly mobile, able to afford evening wear, skiing, etc; and the "dud" looks suspiciously like an independent thinker, perhaps a beat or a member of Berkeley's Free Speech movement.




What Shall I Be? The Exciting Game of Career Girls, 1965
Ummm, let's see...ballerina, actress, stewardess, teacher, model, and nurse. That's it! Except they forgot Playboy bunny...




Trouble, 1965




Hats Off, 1967




Headache, 1968




Snakes in the Grass, 1969




Tension, 1970